Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

May Loyalist Jeremy Hunt Named as Foreign Secretary

May Loyalist Jeremy Hunt Named as Foreign Secretary

Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May has sought to curb the growing turmoil around her leadership with the appointment of United Kingdom health secretary Jeremy Hunt as the new foreign secretary to replace Boris Johnson.

As an ally of Osborne, he campaigned for the "Remain" campaign before the 2016 referendum.

"Just when Theresa May finally thought that she had made a breakthrough in her Brexit negotiations, this resignation late on Sunday night could spell a turbulent week for the PM", says Oddschecker spokesperson George Elek.

European Council President Donald Tusk said Monday that "the mess caused by Brexit is the biggest problem in the history of EU-UK relations and it is still very far from being resolved". Later, he told the BBC the United Kingdom was giving "too much away, too easily" in negotiations with the EU.

With Johnson's resignation, a noisy rebellion among the ranks could gather steam.

Watch the British pound trade in real time here.

The decision by Johnson, a former mayor of London, to back Brexit, was seen as crucial when the issue was taken to a referendum two years ago.

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But as Foreign Secretary in May's government, he was prone to gaffes and criticized for not being on top of his brief.

Under Conservative Party rules, a confidence vote in a leader can be triggered if 48 Conservative lawmakers write a letter requesting one.

It leaves the four great offices of state - Prime Minister, Chancellor, Foreign Secretary, and Home Secretary - in the hands of ministers who voted to stay in the European Union, although in the case of Home Secretary Sajid Javid at least, with no great enthusiasm.

In her statement to Parliament, May attempted to give an impression of business as usual.

The group "Ready For Rees-Mogg" has sent round an email saying "Theresa May's government is falling apart".

Don't count May out yet, she will likely have the backing of a good portion of her party who back her strategy for a close relationship with Europe.

Among Tory Brexiteers there was deepening anger at the proposals agreed at Friday's meeting of the Cabinet at Chequers which they branded as "Brexit in name only".

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